Panthers pitchers gave up 15 walks and the Panthers bats were uncharacteristically cold as host Notre Dame used a six-run fourth inning to get past Ridgeland 9-3.
The Irish took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Adam Knight got two strikeouts to strand runners at second and third. Speedy lead-off hitter Miles Irvin added an RBI-double in the second to add to the lead.
Ridgeland (5-6) pulled to within a run in the third. Jeremy Bankston hit a bloop single and David Napier, running for Bankston, stole second and later came home on a two-out single by Scott Guest.
The Panthers got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the third, but new pitcher Josh Kolwyck would run into major trouble in the fourth. Kolwyck walked three in the inning and gave up three hits, including a two-RBI single to Rusty Brock.
Michael Gay came in to put out the fire, but not before six runs had crossed the plate.
Ridgeland tried to rally in the fifth as Guest and Bret Baker each picked up RBIs, but Brock added another RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning to cap the scoring.
Dennis Doyle threw two scoreless innings to close out the win for the Irish.
Knight took the loss allowing three hits and seven walks in three innings. He also fanned three batters.
Guest was the lone bright spot for the Panthers offense as he went 3-for-4 with three singles and a pair of runs knocked in.
Brandon Gilliam and Bankston got the only other hits for Ridgeland.
Ridgeland will play at Marion County on Thursday and will host Notre Dame this Tuesday